25 home remedies for heartburn and acid reflux
Here, we’re listing 25 home remedies for heartburn and acid reflux that you can try to relieve heartburn quickly. We also run through how you can treat the root cause of your problems in the long-term, without having to give up the good things in life.
The burning and stinging sensation in the throat can be both painful and irritating. This is probably why there are so many people looking for good home remedies for heartburn. We know that there are lots of articles around describing how you can cure heartburn quickly; and we have also compiled a list of 25 house remedies for heartburn. You can find it at the bottom of this page.
However, we would also like to tell you a little about what causes heartburn and acid reflux, and how you can treat heartburn naturally, without having to give up good food, coffee and alcohol.
Heartburn and acid reflux are caused by weakened muscles
What is acid reflux and heartburn really? Heartburn and acid reflux are very common symptoms that are caused by stomach acid leaking into the oesophagus and eating into the mucous membranes that are found there. This is because the diaphragm is weakened and unable to hold the stomach in place underneath it.
When the stomach slides up, above the diaphragm, the gastroesophageal junction cannot seal fully. The stomach acid then leaks up, causing the unpleasant, burning pain that we usually describe as heartburn or acid reflux.
You can read more about this on our page about hiatus hernia, but, in short, you should not need to suffer from heartburn just because you have a weakened diaphragm.
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Strengthen the diaphragm and prevent heartburn
Have you also googled “10 home remedies for heartburn”, in a desperate search for home remedies for recurring heartburn? Does it still end up with the heartburn coming back again and again?
This is not really surprising, because the cause of heartburn is rooted in weakened muscles. And, unfortunately, muscles do not get stronger by themselves. For this reason, your acid reflux disease will not “heal”, instead, it becomes a chronic or persistent condition.
For this reason, if you are to get rid of your symptoms in the long term, you need to strengthen your musculature to stop stomach acid from leaking.
With a simple daily exercise routine, you can treat the root cause of heartburn, strengthen the weakened muscles and be free of your symptoms.
IQoro strengthens all of the muscles in the entire swallowing process – including the diaphragm. As the diaphragm strengthens, less and less stomach acid will leak into the oesophagus and you will eventually be completely free of heartburn.
However, exercising and strengthening weakened muscles takes some time. Therefore, you may need symptom relief until then.
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The list of 25 home remedies for heartburn and acid reflux
There are many known home remedies and housewife tips to feel better and relieve the symptoms of reflux and heartburn.
Home remedies for heartburn are not something we recommend based on scientific research. However, there are many individuals as well as people working in healthcare who give advice based on their own, or others’, experience of different home remedies and housewife tips that can provide good symptom relief.
Feel free to try, if there is something that can help you, but don’t forget that home remedies do not tackle the root cause. If you do not start training your musculature, there is a great risk that you will always need to seek symptom relief in different forms.
Remember, use house remedies in moderation. If you have serious problems with heartburn or acid reflux, you should seek medical help.
Drinks for heartburn
1. Baking soda in water
One home remedy for heartburn is based on drinking water mixed with baking soda, which is alkaline, to neutralize the stomach acid, making it less corrosive. If you want to try it, take half a teaspoon of baking soda in 1-1.5 dl of water, mix thoroughly and drink.
2. Plain water
Drinking plain water is good for rinsing down stomach acid that has leaked into the oesophagus. This may help with the discomfort. Moreover, the mucous membranes need water for protection against stomach acid.
3. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is soothing and it can also relax the stomach and intestines, which might relieve the symptoms as well as neutralizing the stomach acid.
4. Cinnamon tea
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and good for digestion. Some people also try to reduce their heartburn by brewing cinnamon tea. Cinnamon tea for heartburn is prepared by boiling water, adding cinnamon and allowing it to boil for a few minutes. When it has cooled slightly, you can stir in some honey and drink it as tea.
5. Aloe Vera juice
Aloe Vera juice can reduce irritation of the oesophagus. The plant contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
6. Potato juice
Potato juice is said to be able to relieve heartburn by neutralizing the stomach acid. For the juice, you need three tablespoons of grated raw potatoes and 2.5 dl of water. Bring to the boil for a few minutes and leave to cool. Then, mix to a smooth juice in a blender.
7. Semi-skimmed or skimmed milk
Milk can have a relieving effect against heartburn and acid regurgitation, but be sure to choose semi-skimmed or skimmed milk that contains less fat. Since milk has a good pH value, it can have a relieving effect against stomach acid.
Fruit for heartburn
8. Very ripe kiwi
Kiwi is a fruit that some people feel can help fight heartburn. However, it has to be really ripe. Unripe kiwi is acidic, and that will hardly help.
9. Cantaloupe melon
Cantaloupe melons are said to have a positive effect on heartburn.
10. Very ripe banana
You can eat banana to stimulate mucus production and help the mucous membranes protect themselves from stomach acid. In addition, the high content of potassium in the banana should help reduce the amount of stomach acid. However, it is important that the banana is very ripe. Otherwise, according to some, it can have the opposite effect.
11. Fresh pineapple
Pineapple has enzymes that help digestion. Some people also claim that it helps as a home remedy for heartburn. If you want to try this, it’s important that you buy fresh pineapple and not canned ones.
Some say that a piece of apple after food can relieve heartburn.
The last fruit on our list is papaya, which is said to be able to neutralize stomach acid, making it less painful.
Whether or not this is true, the weakened muscles still mean that the stomach acid will bubble up and eat into the mucous membranes, even if you do not feel this as much as usual. This might eventually cause worse problems, so it is important to address the underlying causes of heartburn as soon as possible.
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Plants for heartburn
Fennel is said to reduce the burning sensation from the stomach acid and also to improve digestion.
15. Liquorice root
Liquorice root is used for digestion problems and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It should be able to have a protective effect against stomach acid and thus act to sooth the mucous membrane of the oesophagus.
Ginger is used to lessen stomach upsets and also heartburn. Grate into boiled water, let it brew for a couple of minutes and drink it as a tea. Even if it does not have an effect on your heartburn, ginger is a useful home remedy when there’s a risk of catching a cold.
Wormwood is said to be good for heartburn. Those who have tested it usually leave a sprig of wormwood to brew in a saucepan of boiled water for a while and then drink the resulting liquid before breakfast.
Fresh parsley is also said to be a good home remedy for heartburn. Chop a little over food or eat it as is.
Home remedies for heartburn in the pantry
There are those who claim that raisins can help to stop acid reflux and heartburn. This may be because there is a laxative in raisins that activates the gastrointestinal system.
Turmeric reduces the acidity in the stomach and helps with digestion. In exactly the same ways as ginger, turmeric is useful as an antioxidant and acts as an anti-inflammatory, even if you don’t experience diminished heartburn.
21. Chewing gum
Chewing gum should be able to help the digestive process and, because more saliva is produced when chewing gum, it can mitigate stomach acid.
Another home remedy is based on eating a teaspoon of mustard for heartburn. Of course, you can also have it on a sandwich if you prefer.
Oatmeal is also said to relieve heartburn. Sprinkle a little over your breakfast yogurt and see if it works.
24. Grated nutmeg
One tip that some say has a good effect is grating and eating nutmeg. However, remember that nutmeg in large quantities is toxic!
25. Sweet almonds
Our last housewife’s tip for heartburn is sweet almonds. Some say that sweet almonds have a good effect against stomach acid.
Treating the root cause of heartburn
You have now received a number of different home remedies to relieve your heartburn. However, as said, the leaking stomach acid, which is the cause of your symptoms, still remains.
This means that the long-term solution to stop the leakage is to strengthen your musculature. And muscles can only be strengthened by exercise.
New research has solved the problem of how to exercise both internal, voluntarily-controlled muscles that are difficult to access, and involuntary muscles that are only activated by nerve signals via the brain.
With the patented neuromuscular training device IQoro, you give all 148 muscles included in the swallowing process high-intensity exercise.
This sounds advanced, but the training is simple, guaranteed sweat-free and can be done by anyone in a total of 90 seconds per day. You get started at home on your own and can always call our support, if you have any questions.
It takes anywhere from a couple of days to several months to obtain a good effect from the training. It depends on your personal circumstances and at the level you were at when you started. Before the training gives results, home remedies can provide welcome symptom relief.
In order for you to feel confident that you will really improve your symptoms by using IQoro, we give you a 6-month results guarantee.